I have an ovarian cyst in my right ovary. It was found from an MRI after a car accident on September 23, 2006. I had an ultrasound and it measured approx. 3.2 cm. Two weeks before in the MRI it was 2.5 cm but not sure if the whole cyst was picked up by the MRI.
The ob/gyn put me on 3 months of birth control pills to try to shrink it or hopes it dissolves. I am almost through my 2nd month of pills.
What concerned him is:
1. Is it 2 cysts one attached to another?
2. Is it one cyst with a septum down the middle?
I do not have a uterus and I am 49. How common are these two type of cysts. I am a nervous wreck waiting. What are the chances of it being cancerous over non-cancerous? If it has grown would I be feeling it? Possibly in the lower back?
I had 2 cysts removed in May of '04; the one on the right was septated, but was having pain on the left side mostly (the one that was mostly fluid). They measured about 2-3 cm each. The pain I had back then was mild and bothered me with a bowel movement or during intercourse. That is how I knew something was wrong then. Went for ultrasound and that's how they confirmed them. Did not put me on any meds, instead scheduled surgery b/c of the septation (could be anything, but they absolutely don't know until they go in to remove them). They were completely benign. Now, fast forward to about 2 weeks ago. Started having extreme pain in my lower right back and down into my groin area; so bad that they thought I had a kidney stone. Did CT that showed the cyst and then an ultrasound that showed the cyst, but probably no septation, and some fibroids. The cyst now is about 2 cm. I am still having extreme pain in my back and down my legs (both sides now) and sometimes still in the groin area, but it has seemed to get a little better (maybe it's all the pain meds I'm on or I've gotten used to the pain, who knows). My periods have gotten very irregular and VERY heavy (like every 2-3 weeks) as well as alot of bowel problems. I'm now on a cycle and waiting until after I finish to pursue with a Gyn/Onco. dr., as many in this forum have suggested - not b/c of cancer, but because, apparently, it's a very specialized field and they require more knowledge than regular gynos. My body is definately going through something not right and I know that and no dr. can tell me otherwise. You have to be your own advocate and push these stupid Dr's that tell you not to worry about it and "how much stress are you under" ****. I knew it back in '04 and I know it now. So that is my experience and so it goes on. Hope my info helps you and also read all of the other posts. They have been extremely helpful to me. Good luck!
Thank you very much. I didn't mention that I have Hypo thyroid and IBS so they can't take the CA125 blood test on me because it will show a false positive. Your letter will help me deal with hanging in there the next month and a half until I have another ultra-sound. Good luck to you. What woman have to go through....
lilly, i hope you see this. i was relieved to see your post. [not relieved that you have been going through so much but that i found someone going thru almost exactly what i've been dealing with for a year.]
i just got a pelvic mri that showed a cyst on my left ovary that is just under 2 cm and some "free fluid" in the cul de sac. i have had horrible left pain in my lower back, groin area, down my leg and pelvis. i also have had pain with sex.
everyone tells me the cyst is not big enough to cause this pain, but i've been through a battery of tests that show everything else is normal. i even went through one laparoscopy 5 mos ago where the surgeon said she saw no cysts. it gets so discouraging!
Got your post. I am still having excruciating pain. My bowels have pretty much shut down and ended up in the ER last Saturday. They cleaned me out and did a CT that showed NO cyst on the right ovary, but a 3.5 cm cyst on my left ovary. I now have alot of cramping and pain on the left side as well (this pain is mostly in the abdomen). Dr. at the ER just couldn't see a connection between the pain and the cysts/fibroids/adenemyosis. I tried to educate him, but forget it. I am finally going to the gyno/onco on Monday morning and am not leaving until I get some solid answers. My belly is soooo swollen, it looks like I'm five months pregnant and I don't fit into any of my clothes. This issue has most recently occured in the last 2 weeks. I am so fatigued and so depressed; I just want intelligent answers and solutions. And I won't give up until I find them. I can't live like this any more and I just want my life (and SEX life) back! I think this has really screwed up my hormones - I feel like I don't have any! So, that where I'm at now. Good luck to you and remember to be your own advocate, research yourself and be persistent to the point of trying to educate your doctors. I truly hope that this Dr. on Monday surprises me. Funny, but my dishwasher (GE product) was a piece of **** - didn't really wash the dishes and fell apart piece by piece when it was only 2 years old. Just didn't ever do the job a dishwasher is supposed to do. Now I have a Bosch and lo and behold, it does what a dishwasher is supposed to do - it cleans the dishes! I hope I get the Bosch of doctors on Monday! Take care. Lilly
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